Independent North Yorkshire feed manufacturer I’Anson Brothers is to build a state-of-the-art mill facility at a new site, releasing capacity at its headquarters premises for the expansion of its existing micronized feed ingredient and equine feed operations.
The new 23,000 sq ft facility will be built at Dalton New Bridge, an extension to the Dalton Industrial Estate close to J49 of the A1 which already houses Cargill’s Provimi business.
Designed to be as environmentally and operationally efficient as possible, the £12 million investment will include computerised operation to deliver precision usage of ingredients; variable speed control of electrical drives and vehicle routing to save road miles. Green energy use will be maximised through solar panels and heat pumps.
Two 30 tonnes per hour production lines will enable the plant to produce 150,000 tonnes of bulk ruminant feeds each year, allowing the business to meet and grow demand from existing and new customers while expanding its export operations. As well as creating 10 new jobs, the additional capacity will allow I’Anson to grow its existing network of local producers, farmers and suppliers of raw materials.
The I’Anson headquarters will remain in Masham, where it will continue to make its range of micronized feeds, specialty rations and horse feeds. Moving bulk farm feeds manufacture to the Dalton site will free capacity at Masham for the expansion of UK and overseas sales of the company’s British Horse Feeds and its The Golden Paste supplement range, as well as new product development.
“This is an exciting time for I’Anson, and everyone connected to us,” says chairman and managing director Chris I’Anson. “For the last 60 years we have been based at our Masham mill and have continually invested in new technology to increase production volumes and our efficiency. However, the physical limitations of the site mean we have reached production capacity, constraining our ability to grow.
“We are investing in the future of our business and this new facility paves the way for us to not only meet the increasing demands of our existing customers, but also provides significant opportunities for future growth and allows us to continue being a proud supporter of the local economy.”
Mr I’Anson says the project is the biggest single investment in company’s history and is the foundation of its 2020 Vision plan for the business’ sustainable future.
Sales director Will I’Anson adds: “Chris and I are custodians of the fourth generation and this development enables the fifth generation of family and staff, an energetic, enthusiastic team to grow. The Masham mill specialist sales will continue the growth of micronized ingredients, coarse rations and the own label service that we are privileged to serve.”
In November last year, I’Anson opened a second distribution facility at Melmerby, close to J50 of the A1, to improve its logistical efficiency and customer service.